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Building Technology Heritage Library

Association for Preservation Technology, Int.

The Building Technology Heritage Library (BTHL) is primarily a collection of American and Canadian, pre-1964 architectural trade catalogs, house plan books and technical building guides. Trade catalogs are an important primary source to document past design and construction practices. These materials can aid in the preservation and conservation of older structures as well as other research goals.

About the Building Technology Heritage Library

The BTHL contains materials from various private and institutional collections. These materials are rarely available in most architectural and professional libraries. The first major architectural trade catalog collection is that of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, which encompasses more that 4,000 catalogs from the early 19th century through 1963. In addition to the architectural trade catalogs, the initial contributions include a large number of house plan catalogs, which will be of great interest to owners of older homes. The future growth of the Building Technology Heritage Library will also include contemporary materials on building conservation.

Searching the collection

The BTHL keywords include the standard subject headings used by the Library of Congress and an additional nomenclature used by the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI). The CSI Master Format 2004 Numbers and Titles have been used for most materials. This will allow contemporary practitioners to search through historic archives with a modern nomenclature.

The Construction Specification Institute Master Format 2004 Numbers and Titles

Division 00 – Procurement and Contracting Requirements
Division 01 – General Requirements
Division 02 – Existing Conditions
Division 03 – Concrete
Division 04 – Masonry
Division 05 – Metals
Division 06 – Wood, Plastics, and Composites
Division 07 – Thermal and Moisture Protection
Division 08 – Openings
Division 09 – Finishes
Division 10 – Specialties
Division 11 – Equipment
Division 12 – Furnishings
Division 13 – Special Construction

Facility Services Subgroup

Division 21 – Fire Suppression
Division 22 – Plumbing
Division 23 – Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning
Division 25 – Integrated Automation
Division 26 – Electrical
Division 27 – Communications
Division 28 – Electronic Safety and Security

Site and Infrastructure Subgroup

Division 31 – Earthwork
Division 32 – Exterior Improvements
Division 33 – Utilities
Division 34 – Transportation
Division 35 – Waterway and Marine Construction

Process Equipment Subgroup

Division 40 – Process Integration
Division 41 – Material Processing and Handling Equipment
Division 42 – Process Heating, Cooling, and Drying Equipment
Division 43 – Process Gas and Liquid Handling, Purification and Storage Equipment
Division 44 – Pollution Control Equipment
Division 45 – Industry-Specific Manufacturing Equipment
Division 48 – Electrical Power Generation

About the Association for Preservation Technology  http://www.apti.org

Association for Preservation Technology International is a cross-disciplinary, membership organization dedicated to promoting the best technology for conserving historic structures and their settings. APT is an international organization based in North America. APT members, who hail from more than 30 countries, include preservationists, architects, engineers, conservators, consultants, contractors, crafts persons, curators, developers, educators, historians, landscape architects, students, technicians, and other persons directly involved in the application of methods and materials to maintain, conserve, and protect historic structures and sites for future use and appreciation. The international, interdisciplinary character of APT - with its outstanding publications, conferences, training courses, awards, student scholarships, regional chapters, and technical committees - makes it the premier worldwide network for anyone involved in the field of historic preservation.

Please consider joining APT to show your support for the Building Technology Heritage Library and become a part of our community.  www.apti.org


Thanks to our sponsors and contributors:

The Building Technology Heritage Library has been supported by grants from the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Historic Preservation Education Foundation, the National Center for Preservation Training and Technology and the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. In kind contributions have been provided by the Association for Preservation Technology, the Internet Archive, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Mike Jackson, FAIA, and Dean Koga.

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Year
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1961
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1960
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1957
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1956
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1955
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Division 09
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domestic architecture
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house plans -- catalogs
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Division 23
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Division 26
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portland cement association
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pittsburgh plate glass co.
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l. f. garlinghouse co., inc.
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united states gypsum company
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Building Technology Heritage Library
by Kennatrack Corporation
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21 p., ill., 28 cm, trade catalog
Topics: hardware, sliding door hardware, Division 08, cabinet hardware, doors
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Alcazar Range & Heater Co.
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favorite 2
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112 p., ill., 27 cm, trade catalog
Topics: residential kitchen appliances, Division 11, equipment, stoves, ranges, Division 10, heating stoves
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Topeka Tent & Awning Co.
texts
eye 1,878
favorite 4
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88p, B&W illus and photos
Topics: awnings, tents, canvas products, Division 10, specialties, trade catalog
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Crittall Manufacturing Company
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eye 1,876
favorite 4
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98 p., ill., 25 cm, trade catalog
Topics: steel windows, Division 08, windows, metal windows
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Gordon Van-Tine Co.
texts
eye 1,873
favorite 7
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52 p B& W illus and photos
Topics: house plans -- catalogs, domestic architecture, residential designs and plans, kit houses
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Brown-Blodgett Co.
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112 p, B&W illus and photos
Topics: house plans -- catalogs, domestic architecture, residential designs and plans
Building Technology Heritage Library
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212 p., ill., 29=8 cm, trade catalog
Topics: building materials -- catalogs, house plans, domestic architecture, lumber, millwork, doors, windows
Building Technology Heritage Library
by National Lumber Manufacturers Association
texts
eye 1,865
favorite 1
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Trade catalog, Text, Illus, Photographs, CCA ID:93-B788, 1941, 28 p, 28 cm
Topics: Division 06, Wood Plastics and Composites, Airplane Hangers
130 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 22 cm., trade catalog
Topics: interior decoration, Division 09, paints, varnish, decoration and ornament
32 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm., trade catalog
Topics: wiring, electric wiring, Division 26, wiring devices, asbestos, insulation
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Pacific Ready-Cut Homes, Inc.
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160 p. ; ill., plans ; 28 cm. ; trade catalog
Topics: house plans -- catalogs, Division 08, Division 12, Kit houses, Division 22, domestic architecture,...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Montgomery Ward & Co.
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B & W Illus.
Topics: Plumbing, trade catalog, plumbing fixtures, Division 22
Building Technology Heritage Library
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112 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.
Topics: Heating, Division 23, HVAC, boilers, radiators
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Privazone Council of America
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63 p. ; ill., plans ; 28 cm. ; trade catalog
Topics: house plans -- catalogs, domestic architecture
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Motor Wheel Corp., Duo-Therm Division
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23 p. ; ill. ; 28 cm. ; trade catalogs
Topics: fuel-fired heaters -- catalogs, Division 11, Division 23, water-tube boilers, furnaces, residential...
Trade catalog, Text, Illus, Photographs, CCA ID:90-B5924, ca. 1897, 24 p, 25 cm
Topics: Division 43, Process Gas and Liquid Handling Purification and Storage Equipment, Gas Handling...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Popular Mechanics Press; James R. Ward
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v. ; ill. ; 28 cm. ; trade catalog
Topics: home construction -- catalog, Division 03, concrete forming, cast-in-place concrete, structural...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by National Small Home Bureau Inc.
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64 p B& W illus and photos
Topics: house plans, domestic architecture, designs and plans, small homes, dwellings
Building Technology Heritage Library
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[20] p. : ill. ; 23 cm. trade catalog
Topics: paint, Division 09, paint pigments, zinc
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Warren V. Deyo
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184 p., ill., plans, 28 cm, trade catalog
Topics: house plans -- catalogs, domestic architecture
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Montgomery Ward and Company
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70 p., ill., 34 cm, trade catalog
Topics: furniture - catalogs, Division 12
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Locke Stove Company
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[16] p., ill., plans, 30 cm, trade catalog
Topics: house plans -- catalogs, domestic architecture
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Harris Brothers Co.
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24 p. ; ill., plans ; 27 cm. ; trade catalog
Topics: house plans -- catalogs, domestic architecture, kit houses
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Northern Electric Company
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Trade catalog, Text, Illus, Photographs, CCA ID CORM10, 1943-1952, 334 p, 30 cm
Topics: Division 26, Electrical, Lighting, interior lighting, exterior lighting, lighting fixtures, wiring...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Sears, Roebuck and Co.
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eye 1,779
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98 p. ; ill. ; 28 cm. ; trade catalog
Topics: hardware -- catalogs, Division 05, Division 08, Division 26, Division 41, door hardware, window...
Building Technology Heritage Library
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39 p. : ill. ; 28 cm., trade catalog
Topics: plywood, Division 06, sheathing, paneling, plywood paneling
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Pryne & Col, Inc.
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[50] p., ill., 28 cm, trade catalog
Topics: lighting, Division 26, light fixtures, electrical, recessed lighting
380 p. : ill. ; 24 cm., trade catalog
Topics: drafting supplies, drawing materials, surveying -- instruments
40 p. : ill. (some col.), facsim. ; 30 cm. trade catalog
Topics: paint, Division 09
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company
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Trade catalog, Text, Illus, CCA ID:90-B4927, 1925, 98 p, 27 cm
Topics: street lighting, lighting equipment, Division 26, Electrical, Lighting, Exterior Lighting
Building Technology Heritage Library
by J. H. Steward (Firm)
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121 p. : ill. ; 22 cm., trade catalog
Topics: drawing instruments, nautical instruments, surveying instruments, drafting equipment
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Detroit Steel Products Company
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76 p., illus., 28 cm, trade catalog
Topics: steel windows, windows, metal windows, sashes, Division 08, openings
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Chicago Tribune
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110 p. ; ill., plans ; 32 cm. ; book
Topics: house plans -- catalogs, domestic architecture, residential designs and plans
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Westinghouse Electric Corporation
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240 p. ; ill. ; 19 cm. x 12 cm. ; trade catalog
Topics: electric lighting -- catalogs, Division 26, lighting, interior lighting, interior lighting...
23 p. : ill., port. ; 28 cm. trade catalog
Topics: ventilation, Division 23, fans, exhaust fans, roof ventilators
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Traction Elevators; Residence Elevators; Hand Powered Elevators; Gravity Spiral Conveyors; Incline Railways; Escalators
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trade catalogs (6 bound into one) 23 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.: Traction Elevators [16] p. : ill. ; 23 cm.: Residence Elevators 31 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.: Hand Power Elevators 56 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm.: Gravity Spiral Conveyors 28 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.: Incline Railways 30, [6] p. : ill., plans ; 23 cm.: Escalators
Topics: elevators -- catalogs, escalators -- catalogs, incline, Division 14 - Conveying Equipment
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Friedley-Voshardt Co.
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248 p B& W illus, trade catalog
Topic: sheet metal, Stamped metal ornament, Division 05, metals, Division 09, finishes, interior decoration
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Matthews & Yates Ltd.
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120 p. : ill. ; 26 cm., trade catalogs
Topics: fans, Division 23, HVAC
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Kinnear Manufacturing Company
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46 p., illus, 28 cm, trade catalog
Topics: overhead coiling doors, hanger doors, industrial doors, rolling doors, Division 08, openings
159 p. : ill., port., plans ; 27 cm., trade catalog
Topics: house plans -- catalogs, domestic architecture, residential designs and plans, bungalow
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Johns-Manville Corporation
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Trade catalog, Text, Illus, Photographs, CCA ID:88-B12616, 1935, 23 p, 28 cm
Topics: Cement, Division 09, Finishes, Painting and Coating
Building Technology Heritage Library
texts
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164 p. ; ill. ; 18 cm. ; trade catalog
Topics: boilers -- catalogs, radiators -- catalogs, Division 23, water-tube boilers, steam boilers,...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Leign Building Products
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44 p., illus., 28 cm, trade catalog
Topics: awnings, tents, Division 10, specialties, vents, grilles, mail boxes
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Specification Data, Limited
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Trade catalog, Text, Illus, Photographs, CCA ID:89-B3621, ca.1921, 350 p, 31 cm
Topics: building and engineering specifications, construction companies, building material manufacturers
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Dwyer Products Corp.
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15 p/. oi;;., plans, 28 cm, trade catalog
Topics: kitchens, Division 12, manufactured metal casework, cabinets, kitchen appliances, stoves, metal...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Douglas Furniture Corp.
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24 p., illus., 28 cm, price list, trade catalog
Topics: Furniture, tables, kitchen table, dinette
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Leslie Mobilehome Supplies
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favorite 2
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53 p., ill., 28 cm, trade catalog, price list, Catalog No. 11
Topics: mobile homes, travel trailers
Building Technology Heritage Library
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68 p. : ill. ; 23 cm. trade catalog
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Topics: flooring, Division 03, concrete floor finishing, Division 07, roofing, asphalt roofing
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Excelsior Stove & Manuf. Co.
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47 p., illus., 28 cm, trade catalog, Supplement no. 1 to catalog no. 41
Topics: heating stoves, Division 10, specialties, stoves, kitchen appliances, ranges
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Chicago House Wrecking Co.
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160 p. ; ill. ; 26 cm. ; trade catalog
Topics: building materials -- catalogs, Division 08, Division 09, plywood doors, wood stile and rail doors,...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Dominion Oilcloth and Linoleum Co., Limited
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Trade catalog, CCA PO12763, 160 p., 1926
Topics: Division 09, Floor coverings, Linoleum, oilcloth
Building Technology Heritage Library
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112 p. : ill. ; 22 cm., trade catalog
Topics: residential appliances, Division 11, stoves, ranges, kitchens
Building Technology Heritage Library
by James Robertson Co.
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Trade catalog, Text, Illus, CCA ID:93-B844, ca. 1920, 449 p, 21 cm
Topics: Division 22, Plumbing, Plumbing Pipes and Pumps, Plumbing Equipment, Plumbing Fixtures, Division...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by National Lumber Manufacturers Association
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v. : ill. ; 28 cm. trade catalog
Topics: lumber, Division 06, timber, wood, heavy timber construction
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Cyclone Fence Dept., United States Steel
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42 p., illus., 28 cm, trade catalog
Topics: Fences - metal and wire, fences and gates, Division 32, exterior improvements, chain link fence
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Thomas Maddock's Sons Company
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24 p. : ill., plans ; 24 cm., trade catalog
Topics: plumbing, Division 22, plumbing fixtures, residential plumbing fixtures
31 p., ill, 28 cm, trade catalog
Topics: wiring devices -- catalogs, Division 26
Building Technology Heritage Library
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15 p. : ill. ; 29 cm., trade catalog
Topics: cement, Division 03, concrete
Building Technology Heritage Library
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48 p., illus., 28 cm, trade catalog
Topics: concrete, Division 03, cement, concrete forming, Division 04, concrete unit masonry, concrete block
Building Technology Heritage Library
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219 p., ill., plans, 28 cm, trade catalog
Topics: house plans-- catalogs, domestic architecture, residential designs and plans, brick houses, garages
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Sears, Roebuck & Co.
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favorite 13
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84 p., ill, 31 cm, trade catalog
Topics: house plans -- catalogs, domestic architecture, prefabricated, kit houses
431 p. ; ill. ; 28 cm. ; trade catalog
Topics: woodwork -- catalogs, sashes -- catalogs, doors -- catalogs, Division 06, Division 08, Division 12,...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by F.W. Dodge Corporation
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1 v. ; ill. ; 28 cm. ; trade catalog
Topics: building materials -- catalogs, building fittings -- catalogs, domestic architecture -- catalogs,...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Home Book Publishers, Francis W. Brown, Ed.
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112 p., ill, plans, 32 cm
Topics: house plans -- catalogs, domestic architecture, ranch houses
Building Technology Heritage Library
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190 p., ill, 28 cm, trade catalog
Topics: sheet metal, Division 05, ornamental metals, stamped metal, architectural ornament
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Richard B Pollman; Irving E Palmquist; Charles N Wright, Home Planners, Inc.
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52 p., illus., plans, 28 cm
Topics: house plans catalogs, domestic architecture, residential designs and plans, ranch houses, brick...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Wm. A. Radford
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36 p, B & W illus
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Topics: house plans -- catalogs, domestic architecture, residential designs and plans
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Segelke & Kohlhaus Mfg. Co.
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515 p. ; ill. ; 26 cm. ; trade catalog
Topics: building fittings -- catalogs, millwork (woodwork) -- catalogs, Division 06, Division 08, Division...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by The Donley Brothers Co.
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eye 1,619
favorite 3
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80 p. ; ill., plans, photographs ; 28 cm. ; trade catalog
Topics: fireplaces -- catalogs, Division 10, fireplaces, fireplace specialties, fireplace dampers
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Springer Lock Manufacturing Co
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favorite 4
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Trade catalog, Text, Illus, Photographs, CCA ID:86-B1445, ca.1920, 488 p, 28 cm
Topics: Division 08, Openings, Hardware, Door Hardware
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Morgan-Wightman Supply Co.
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favorite 1
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98 p., ill, 28 cm, trade catalog, Catalog no. 156
Topics: millwork, woodwork, Division 06, Division 08, doors, windows, building materials
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Gray & Dudley Company
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eye 1,613
favorite 2
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31 p., ill., 25 cm, trade catalog
Topics: heating -- catalogs, Division 10, heating stoves, furnaces
Building Technology Heritage Library
by E. T. Barnum Iron & Wire Works
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favorite 5
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66 p., ill, 25 cm, trade catalog, No. 650 General Catalog
Topics: ironwork, Division 05, metals, Division 32, fences, gates, stairs, railings, ornamental metal,...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Stanley Works Inc.
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favorite 0
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23 p. : ill. ; 28 cm., trade catalog
Topics: hinges, Division 08, doors hinges, hardware
Building Technology Heritage Library
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favorite 2
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45 p., ill, 28 cm, trade catalog
Topics: power tools -- catalogs, construction tools